As perfect a crossing pass as it turned out to be, Blue Springs South freshman Nina Stine admitted that wasn’t her exact intent.
The result certainly sufficed, as South’s Sarah Freiermuth tapped in Stine’s assist 6 minutes and 19 seconds into overtime to give the Jaguars a thrilling 2-1 Suburban Big Six win Thursday over visiting Lee’s Summit at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.
When Stine won a race for the ball deep down the right side, she slid and got off a skidder toward the goalmouth. Lee’s Summit goalkeeper Alexis Gochnauer tried to make a diving stop, but the ball went just past her fingers, leaving Freiermuth in front of her defender with an open net.
“I was trying to shoot it but I put it wide,” Stine said. “Then Sarah ran in.”
“Right place, right time and a perfect cross,” said Freiermuth, a sophomore. “Nina did an awesome job. I thought their goalie would get it.”
It marked the second time the pair of forwards had connected for South (2-1, 1-1 Big Six) Thursday night.
Late in the 75th minute, Stine offered a pretty cross pass right in front of the goal, where Freiermuth leaped to head in the tying goal.
South coach Todd Findley called Stine a workhorse for her early season efforts.
“She’s so fast and so strong, she won the end line multiple times,” Findley said. “We’ve been working on diagonal runs from the backside, and Sarah did that perfectly.”
Lee’s Summit (2-2, 0-1) had taken a 1-0 lead late in the 61st minute, when sophomore Annie Shackleford, fresh off the bench, lofted a 25-yarder from the left wing into the stiff wind. South goalkeeper Megan Swanson made seven saves Tuesday, but Shackleford’s shot was far too tall for her and settled into the far high corner.
South was fortunate the Tigers hadn’t struck earlier. They either attacked or kept the Jaguars pinned in their zone much of the first 20 minutes and finished the first half with a 15-3 advantage in shots. Just three were on goal, but a handful of others were wide just a couple feet. Striker Payton Seymour particularly gave the Jaguars trouble.
“The first 20 minutes were rough, but we pushed through and never gave up,” Freiermuth said.
South defender Haley Williams kept the game scoreless at halftime with her alert kickaway save off a scramble for a Lee’s Summit corner kick in the 39th minute.
Swanson ranged out of the penalty box to thwart a breakaway attempt early in the second half and made a diving snare to deny Lee’s Summit's Maddie Souder in the 53rd.
Lee’s Summit finished with a 25-12 advantage in shots, with nine shots on goal. Gochnauer made five saves for the Tigers.
“That was a fun game,” Findley said. “We didn’t look early on like we were ready, but we held them off. The girls figured it out, and I think you could see their excitement and speed build as the game went on.
“Down a goal, coming back just shows a lot heart these girls have.”
Lee's Summit was a 4-0 junior varsity winner.